BIOFACH & VIVANESS 2020 expands its exhibition space with the opening of two halls, awarded for their modern design, concept and sustainability, to meet the demand for growth in the sector.
The trade show director, Danila Brunner, explains that “The extra halls allow us to offer another 400 exhibitors a place at the combined trade fair. We are therefore continuing to write the success story of BIOFACH and VIVANESS and underpin their role as the key industry gathering and worldwide exhibition on the market. Specifically, we are adding Hall 7A (German exhibitors) to BIOFACH, while the international segment will expand into Hall 3A. VIVANESS will makes its debut in Hall 3C in 2020. The overall concept offers us and our customers the ideal expansion and configuration options for the future!”
In this edition, more than 50,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to meet and interact with the 3,500 exhibitors from 100 nations that present their products at the combined fair BIOFACH & VIVANESS, world leader in the organic sector.
Using a new application that the organization has developed, participants will be able to find and access all the information about exhibitors, products and events. A map with GPS navigation will allow participants to reach easily their next meeting, scheduled presentation or seminar. More information at www.biofach.de/en/app and www.vivaness.de/en/app
Know-how & Learning, New Products & Trends and Experience & Discover
In this edition the thematic areas arouse much interest: The Fachhandelstreff for specialist retailers; new products, newcomers and star-ups, Best New Product Awards, BIOFACH Novelty Stand; Worlds of Experience: Olive Oil, Wine and Vegan. There is a new special show: All about water- is the basis of all life endangered? Associations, institutions and companies will present their projects and products relating to water as an essential resource for life.
More than 50,000 visitors from all over the world are expected to meet and interact with the 3,500 exhibitors from 100 nations
“Organic delivers”. “Organic works”. The BIOFACH congress
Key challenges for the future: clean water, fertile soils, biodiversity
The conclusions of the scientific studies, including those from Thünen Institute, confirm that organic farming offers solutions to the key challenges of the future, such as water protection, maintenance and new creation of fertile soils and the promotion of biodiversity. At the same time, it protects health by ensuring that no harmful products are discharged to soil, water or atmosphere, fights climate change thanks to its greater carbon sequestration and generates income in rural areas thus contributing to its sustainable development.
Prince Felix of Löwenstein, Chairman of the German Federation of Organic Food Producers (BÖLW), says: “These scientific insights show that organic represents a forward-looking economic system in which prices reflect environmental reality and food production is managed fairly and sustainably. Every hectare of organic land and every organic foodstuff are already making a contribution to a sustainable future for our planet. Organic farming is the way for us to really and effectively transform our foodstuff production”.
Louise Luttikholt, IFOAM Organics Int. Executive Director, illustrates that: “Organic agriculture methods provide inspiration to millions – from farmers to consumers – and entire regions to work together to achieve a sustainable future that is fit for our grandchildren to live in. Increasing numbers of farmers are switching to organic agriculture, and more and more people are choosing organic products. But for the organic sector, “organic” means more than positive economic development. Ultimately, it’s all about the fact that we want to show our environment, water, soil, biodiversity, climate and growers the respect they deserve.”
The Congress is the soul of the sector. Here many topics of interest are discussed, such as how politicians can encourage the transformation of agriculture and food culture to a sustainable basis; what policy and communication strategies are the most efficient ones; how organic farming can contribute to the fight against hunger; climate change and desertification; and what is the contribution of organic agriculture to the maintenance of biodiversity.
With the new app participants will be able to find and access all the information about exhibitors, products and events
“Sustainable foodstuff production that does not exceed the limits of what the planet can support, and is embedded in our local communities. Foodstuff production that looks after the environment and provides people with a livelihood at the same time! For us it is important that customers, producers and politicians view the transformation of our eating culture as an opportunity. We must therefore seize it with both hands. Only when we really understand the huge benefits that organic offers will we be able to provide systemic answers, engage in meaningful discussion and give the transformation wings. Within the organic sector, we are also aware of the need to constantly refine organics, invest more in research and training for skilled workers, and commit at a political level to speed up the transformation process”, says Louise Luttikholt.
Prince Felix of Löwenstein points out that “Organic agriculture and foodstuff production have a direct impact on all living things, from the smallest microbes in the soil and the animals on our farms to human health and wellbeing. Organic farms all around the world are already showing that it pays to deal carefully with our natural resources. Economy and ecology are not mutually exclusive. On a larger scale we can see that organic plays an important role that enables us in turn to achieve many important goals – on all levels: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the UN, and also the environmental, climate and animal protection goals set by Germany and the EU.”
Author: Montse Mulé, Editor
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